India’s first Miss Trans Queen just joined one of the country’s largest and oldest political parties.
Veena Sendra, who is 25, joined the Indian National Congress (INC) party, in Chhattisgarh on Sunday (February 24).
‘Today, Miss India ‘Trans Queen’ Veena Sendre joined the party expressing faith in the ideology of Congress’ INC tweeted.
‘When we say we are inclusive. We mean it’ the party also tweeted.
Veena told the Times of India she wanted to work for women and the trans community, which are not always accepted in society.
Veena won the inaugural Miss Trans Queen India last year in Mumbai. The INC was founded in 1885 prior to India’s independence. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi it became a force in India’s independence from Britain.
When we say we are inclusive. We mean it.
We welcome Veena Sendre to the Congress family and a proud tradition of public service. 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/PZy72m9rpN
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 24, 2019
Trans Indians demand to be recognized
While a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2014 recognized transgender as a third gender, the community remains marginalized.
Trans Indians and their allies have been urgently rallying against a transgender bill. They want a parliamentary committee in the Upper House to review the law.
India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill last month. They had hooped it would protect their rights.
But, the transgender community has slammed it. They claim it infringes their rights rather than protecting them.
Activists organized large-scale protests in Indian cities over the weekend.
India’s trans politicians
Late last year, unknown assailants abducted Chandramukhi Muvvala, a 32-year-old transgender woman running for a state assembly seat in India.
Muvvala had earlier said she wanted to launch transgender political party.
The country has so far had four elected trans officials.
India elected its first transgender lawmaker back in 1998. Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly elected Shabnam Bano.
India has also elected three transgender elected mayors. Kamla Jaan became mayor of Raigarh in 2000. Madhu Kinnar took the position in 2015.
Gorakhpur, in Uttar Pradesh, elected Aha Devi Aryanayakam as mayor in the same year.